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Dentist Job Description, Career as a Dentist, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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      Dentists are doctors in charge of taking care of people’s teeth, gums, and supporting bones of the mouth.

 

      Most dentist work as general practitioners in their own offices. Other dentists choose to specify in one of the eight fields of specialty. Some of these specialties include, becoming, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and endodontists.

 

      The job of dentists is to clean patient’s teeth, examine their mouths for swelling, cavities, or infected gums. Orthodontists straighten teeth by using wires or braces. Oral surgeons operate on the mouth and jaws. Endodontists treat disease inside teeth. Some dentists specialize in teenage and child dentistry, while others specialize in the treatment of gums, or in replacing missing teeth. 

 

      To become a dentists one must study six to eight years after high school. Students must at least have a bachelor’s degree when beginning  dental collage and at the end of their studies they can either earn a doctor of dental surgery degree, DDS, or a doctor of dental medicine degree DMD.

 

      Dentistry is the form of medicine I am least interested in because it really only deals with one aspect of the person, their mouth. The form of dentistry I am most interested in is orthodontics because I find how braces work interesting, although I hate mine!

 

 

 

 

"Dentist Job Description, Career as a Dentist, Salary, Employment." State Univeristy.Com. State University, n.d. Web. 31 Dec. 2012.

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Julie's comment, January 4, 2013 8:22 PM
This article gave so much information from the definition of the profession to working conditions; it even gave further resources! I agree with most of what the article said especially on the educational and training requirements, as these were one of the things that my mother, a former dentist, complained about. I did not, however, know about the specialities of this profession and I found it enticing to read as the writer described each and every one. Furthermore, I wish that the earnings and benefits information was more recent; it dated back to 2004.

Although Ale didn’t mention what the article was missing, she didn’t have to; the article gave all the necessary information. Since my mother was a former dentist, I never overlooked the two-time yearly requirement and most times went over it. I enjoyed every minute of it and loved the fresh, clean feeling I got after every “visit”. Much like Ale, however, I am least interested in this division of the medical field. I don’t look forward to sticking my gloved hands in the mouths of people. I don’t find mouths enjoyable at all. Moreover, unlike Ale, my teeth don’t express the need to be braced, so I don’t find the job of an orthodontist interesting.
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Flinders University

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Flinders is a leading international university in Australia with a record of excellence and innovation in teaching
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      Biomedical Engineering applies engineering techniques to improve health care and health services in order to advance human life. This career covers a range of fields, which includes the medical field, biomechanics, medical imaging, psychological signal processing and biomaterials.

 

      Biomedical Engineers produce products such as diagnostic devices, prosthetic limbs, medical devices, and imaging machines such as MRIs.  They also create tools to train medical professionals.

 

      Biomedical Engineers have an engineering education as well as one in medical science. They must be able to investigate, plan, design, and manufacture equipment used in health care. They must also be good at math, and be able to work in teams.

 

      Biomedical Engineering appeals to me because it is a mix of medicine and engineering, two fields which I love. Also it uses math a bit more than the other types of careers in the medical field that I have read about so far, and I like that because I enjoy using math. I have taken a course in engineering before and I liked it. In my school in Miami our Biomedical Engineering department made a presentation to us and what they talked about really got my interests in this field, especially making prosthetic limbs.

 

 

 

"Biomedical Engineering." Flinders University. N.p., 30 Nov. 2012. Web. 29 Dec. 2012.

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Types of Oncologists

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      An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating people with cancer. There are three main types of oncology: medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology.

 

      Medical oncologists specialize in treating cancer with chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a potent drug used to kill cancer cells and prevent them from forming again.

 

      A surgical oncologist specializes in the surgical aspects of cancer. This includes a biopsy, which is removing small amounts of tissue for examination, and surgically removing the cancer and surrounding tissue, and in some occasions nearby lymph nodes.

 

      Radiation oncologists specialize in treating cancer with radiation therapy. This is different from a medical oncologist, because radiation oncologists use high energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells.

 

      The role of an oncologist is to explain the cancer diagnosis and severity, or stage, to discuss treatment options with the patient and recommend the best one, as well as supporting the patient during the harsh time of cancer treatment and afterwards.

 

      I am interested in oncology because I have unfortunately had a family experience with cancer. My uncle was diagnosed last year with stage 4 cancer, which is terminal. Thanks to the amazing care and treatment of the oncologists, my uncle no longer has cancer. His recovery is a near miracle, as they said he would surely die. I have personally seen how amazing the work of oncologist can be and how it can change somebodies life forever, and I want to be able to save somebody's life in that way.

 

 

 

 

"Types of Oncologists." Cancer.Net. American Society of Clinical Oncology, n.d. Web. 27 Dec. 2012

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Women In Neurosurgery (WINS)

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      Neurosurgery is a form of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating the central, peripheral, and automatic nervous system. Neurosurgery focuses on a complete system, and because of that neurosurgeons operate on many different parts of the body, including the brain and spine. Neurosurgeons operate on patients of all ages treating a large range of abnormalities. They treat anything from infections of the brain or spine to things such as stroke and other abnormalities caused by aging.

Neurosurgeons are able to diagnose neurological disorders and interpret various radiological studies.  

 

      Neurosurgery requires intellectual people who have the capability to understand detail and face challenges. A neurosurgeon is somebody who finds the brain fascinating and is able to grasp the complexity of the nervous system. A neurosurgeon must be able to deal with death and difficult decisions regarding vial functions of the brain and spinal chord, including thinking and seeing. Neurosurgery is a demanding career, fit for exemplary students who rank top of their class.  

 

      I am very interested in neurosurgery because it seems like I will be challenged daily in different forms and I will be forced to think in a variety of ways. I love an intellectual challenge and I love to find the solution to a tough problem. Dr. Todor did an excellent job of laying out the basics of neurosurgery and it really helped me understand more about the career.

 

 

 

Todor, Roxane. "So, You Want To Be a Neurosurgeon?" Women In Neurosurgery (WINS). N.p., 2009. Web. 19 Dec. 2012.

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Physicians and Surgeons : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Physicians and Surgeons : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | The Medical Field | Scoop.it
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests.
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      Surgeons are physicians that preform operations. They specialize in treating deformities, injury, and disease through operation. These operations include, fixing physical deformities, repairing bone and tissue after injuries, or preforming preventive surgeries.

 

      Many surgeons preform general surgery, but others choose to specialize in a specific form of surgery. Some of these specialties include, orthopedic surgery, which is the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, neurological surgery, treatment of the brain and nervous system, cardiovascular surgery, and plastic or reconstructive surgery.

 

      Surgeons work long hours, often overnight. They must stand for a long time while preforming surgery, in a sterile environment.

 

      In order to become a surgeon one must complete 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency programs. A series of important qualities are also necessary in order to become a surgeon, such as, communication skills, patience, and handiness.

 

      I find surgery interesting because it is a very hands-on job. Also it requires the ability to be a leader and still work as a team, something I am good at. I do not know if it is my top pick as a career in the medical field, but I really like it.

 

 

 

"Physicians and Surgeons." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 30 Dec. 2012.

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What is a Pediatrician? Children's Health Guide

What is a Pediatrician? Children's Health Guide | The Medical Field | Scoop.it
Explains the role of the pediatrician and includes links to pediatric subsecialties within the Hospital for Children
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            Pediatricians usually focus on babies, children, adolescents, and young adults, up to the age of 21. While working with their patients pediatricians work to reduce infant and child mortality, control infectious diseases, help maintain healthy lifestyles and help relive the difficulties children and adolescents with chronic illnesses face.       

 

       Pediatricians treat physical conditions such as infections, injuries, genetic defects, and other issues, but they also focus on the mental aspect of the children. This includes diagnosing and treating, and managing behavioral difficulties, developmental disorders, social stresses, depression or anxiety disorders, and other mental problems.         

 

      I find pediatrics a very interesting job because it is in a way a combination between a physician and a psychologists/psychiatrist, two jobs I am interested in. Also I am very good with children and I enjoy being around them so I think I would like this job. I had not really thought to seriously about being a pediatrician, but now I find it more appealing.          

 

 

"What Is a Pediatrician?" University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., 29 Mar. 2012. Web. 28 Dec. 2012.

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Chris Cee's comment, January 4, 2013 12:51 AM
The goal of the article is to explain the job of a pediatrician. It gives the requirements for education and details what a pediatrician’s goals may be. The details in the article are very educating. They help me realize that the job of a pediatrician goes above and beyond the broad idea of them just as doctors who give children check-ups every six months.
I learned that pediatricians are very hands-on with diseases in children and help diagnose and find treatments for illnesses children suffer. The article gave me a lot of information on what a pediatrician does, but I felt like I could’ve gotten more information on the education needed to become a pediatrician and even the salary these special doctors make.
This seems like a very interesting career that could many years of perfection. I would love this career because it would help me make a difference in the world. This is a great career to influence safety in the lives of the children of tomorrow. Plus, I’ve always had a small interest in the field of general medicine, so I believe the medical field is a great place to pursue a career.
Your reflection was very interesting. I think this a great career for you since you’re interested in also being a physiologist. This would be great to help children better their minds and bodies.
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Psychiatrist - DO/MD | explorehealthcareers.org

Psychiatrist - DO/MD | explorehealthcareers.org | The Medical Field | Scoop.it
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      The job of a psychiatrist is to diagnose and treat mental disorders. Psychiatrist can treat a range of disorders, from mild and self-limiting disorders, to life threatening disorders. Some of these disorders include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anorexia. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists are able to prescribe medicine, as they have a medical degree.

 

      To become a psychiatrist one must first have received a medical degree, after that one must enter a residency program in psychiatry.  Post-graduate education is made up of 4 years of residency training in which at least 3 are in psychiatry. After residency one must select a sub-specialty, some types of sub-specialties are, child and adolescent psychiatry or forensic psychiatry. In total in order to become a psychiatrist, one must study anywhere from thirteen to fourteen years.

 

      Psychiatrists work an average of more than 48 hours each week. They spend most of their time with patients, doing individual therapy. A psychiatrist’s salary ranges from $150,000 to $300,000.

 

      I am interested in psychiatry because I like to talk to people and help them, and I am a good listener. I like to give people my feedback on their thoughts and I have been told that it is good. I prefer to be a psychiatrist, not a psychologist, because I want a medical degree, and I like a psychiatrist’s job more than I like a psychologist’s.

 

 

 

"Psychiatrist - DO/MD." Explore Health Careers.org. N.p., 25 Dec. 2012. Web. 26 Dec. 2012.

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